Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher—July 1, 2010

  Best hope   Efforts to fix the “Spill” have been disappointing. We are all pinning our hopes on the relief well designed to plug the old well. It’s still over a month away. But what if that doesn’t work? Nothing else has. It could mean the end of BP as a very major international […]

Main Street — by Roger Allen, publisher

Choose your weapon! Want satisfaction for your grievance? In Michigan, now’s the time. Apparently it was once necessary to classify dueling specifically as a crime; a Michigan legislature in the distant past made such a law. But that ages-old law will soon be no more. The current legislature has passed a bill getting rid of […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — June 10, 2010

Peaceful cousins All chimps are not alike. A related species, bonobo, is smaller, communicates vocally and by gesture, and tends toward peacefulness. Geneticists have found that the bonobo DNA profile is closest to that of humans. (Peacefulness??) About 10,000 bonobos exist in the wild in the Congo and nowhere else. As you might guess, they’re […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

BP’s disaster—and ours I’d like to say something about the oil gushing into the Gulf but nothing seems adequate. And others have said it all, anyway. Years ago, while working for FEMA, I was down there on a weather-related disaster. I’m sorry for those good people and for the wildlife. The oceans are irreplaceable and […]

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — May 27, 2010

The hook We’re not doing so hot in the Middle East. Its movement towards democracy isn’t exactly a mad dash. What possessed us to think we could march in and change a social system solidly in place for hundreds of years? Over the centuries, many human groups have found out that it’s easier to get […]